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Deputy Chief Officer (HR/EOD - Employee Relations)

Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University

Job Details

Job Title: Deputy Chief Officer (HR/EOD - Employee Relations)
Location: Valdosta State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 272258
About Us

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities' rich and diverse heritages. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region. As such, the VSU mission consists of three interrelated parts that includes a student mission, university mission and regional mission. The university is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity and citizenship. As members of this community and proud Blazers we strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University, as stated in the Blazer Creed and reflected in our commitment to the University System of Georgia's Core Values.

Blazer Creed

Valdosta State University is a learning environment based on trust and mutual respect in which open dialogue, vigorous debate, and the free exchange of ideas are welcome. The University is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity, and citizenship. As members of this community, and proud Blazers, we will strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University.

Civility - A Blazer shows courtesy and compassion as well as respect for the dignity of every human being.

Integrity - Each Blazer is responsible for his or her own actions, and our community is stronger when we contemplate the context of our decisions and uphold the principles of trust and honesty.

Citizenship - Every Blazer has an interest in the well-being of the community, and, therefore, a duty to stay informed, to make positive contributions, and to offer support to those who need help.

As a Blazer, we pledge to uphold the core principles of Civility, Integrity, and Citizenship.

Job Summary

Valdosta State University's Office of Human Resources/Employee & Organizational Development is currently seeking a seasoned HR leader with specialized expertise in Employee Relations to join our team. This role presents a unique opportunity to lead and elevate our employee relations function while contributing to the overall strategic direction of our department by providing support to other areas. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in all functional areas within HR and be able to guide employees and serve as a development resource for campus.

All Deputy Chief Officers are charged with assisting in the development, execution, and implementation of comprehensive plans in support of the overall strategic direction of the University through their area of responsibility. This position ensures the successful achievement of objectives, initiatives, activities designed to maximize returns on investments, achieve organizational efficiencies, and increase productivity for the University. This position will analyze operations to evaluate performance of processes or staff in meeting objectives and to determine areas of potential cost reduction, overall improvement, or policy change.

Specific duties for the Deputy Chief Office (HR/EOD - Employee Relations) can be found in the Responsibilities section of this job posting. Please give particular attention to the Supervisor Expectations that will be required of the professional selected for this position. If your education, experience, and skill set align with these expectations, we encourage you to apply to join our team and make a meaningful impact on our employee relations practices!


Typical Allocation of Duties for all Deputy Chief Officers

Project Oversight - 20%
Assume major management responsibility for a wide range of projects or initiatives associated with business operations or academic or student services.

Manage Operations - 20%
Manage operations of mission critical systems, programs or functions.

Leadership and Direction - 15%
Provide administrative leadership. Assist in directing the human, financial, and other resources needed to accomplish objectives of the assigned department or unit.

Develop and implement solutions - 15%
Develop and implement new, efficient and effective solutions that maximize the department or unit's resources and other external resources.

Compliance - 10%
Interact with federal, state, and local entities to ensure compliance with appropriate statutes and regulations.

Policy and Procedure - 10%
Establish and administer policies and procedures within departmental unit, system standards and operating procedures.

Forecast - 10%
Forecast needs, requirements, and direction for operational changes.

Supervisor Expectations for the Deputy Chief Officer (HR - Employee Relations)

  • Assume full responsibility for the Employee Relations function of VSU's HR/EOD unit.

  • Provide general oversight and support of one or more HR/EOD Functions, providing leadership and direction to HR/EOD staff responsible for areas, functions, or tasks within HR/EOD.

  • Provide strong leadership within the HR/EOD department, guiding and motivating staff to achieve departmental goals in support of the overall mission of the university.

  • Conduct employee training on a variety of different topics.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of HR/EOD strategies that align with the unit and university's mission, vision, and goals.

  • Ensuring compliance with relevant labor laws, regulations, and university policies is crucial.

  • Implement programs for employees to enhance skills, improve performance, and support career advancement.

  • Help with effectively managing the HR/EOD department budget, including forecasting expenses, allocating resources, and ensuring financial accountability.

  • Utilize HR data analytics to inform decision-making and track key metrics related to recruitment, retention, employee satisfaction, and other HR functions.

  • Provide regular reports to the CHRO on HR-related matters.

  • Work closely with other university departments, senior leadership, faculty, and staff to address HR-related needs and concerns.

Required Qualifications

Required Experience
Master's degree in a specified field and seven (7) years of related work experience which at least five (5) years must have been in a supervisory role. Terminal degree and/or professional licensure, certification, and/or designation may be required in some areas.

Proposed Salary

Commensurate with experience.

USG Core Values

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at

Conditions of Employment

Applicant Requirements & Conditions of Employment

Applicants are required to provide:

  • professional references with current contact information

  • documentation of academic credentials

  • employment history

Please note that during the search process, VSU reserves the right to:

    ask candidates who will serve in Positions of Trust to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment,

    view social media outlets, and

    remove job postings without additional notification.

Employment is contingent upon:

    successful completion of a background check investigation, including a criminal background check

    reference checks

Employment may also be contingent upon the job-based requirements if applicable for your position:

    satisfactory credit check

    successful completion of a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)

    pre-employment drug testing

    confirmation of credentials

After initial hiring, employees will be required to successfully complete all of the following training:

    New employee orientation

    VSU¿s Annual Compliance Training:

      USG Ethics Policy

      Conflict of Interest/Outside Activities Policy

      Drug Free Workplace

      Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

      Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

      Motor Vehicle Policy

      Workers Compensation (new hires)

      Georgia Open Records Act (new hires)

    USG Cybersecurity Training (required twice yearly)

      Job-specific training such as: FMLA and Worker¿s Compensation, Budget Manger training, Purchasing Training (ePro & PCard), and Defensive Driving

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an equal opportunity educational institution. It is not the intent of the institution to discriminate against any applicant for admission or any student or employee of the institution based on the age, sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation of the individual.

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